Saint-Omer - South Africa's Darren Fichardt
stormed into a five-shot lead at the Saint Omer Open Saturday while
overnight leader Kim Sihwan crashed to a third round 81 to be 11 shots
off the pace.
Fichardt, chasing a third European Tour title,
carded a two under par 69 in the third round, five shots ahead of
England's Simon Wakefield.
The South African thrived in the strong winds at Saint Omer Golf Club, hitting five consecutive birdies on the front nine.
South Korean Kim dropped six shots in his opening seven holes and
ultimately signing for an 81 and four over for the tournament.
knew it would be a hectic day when we started," said 37-year-old
Fichardt, whose round could have been even more impressive had he not
bogeyed the 12th, 13th and 17th holes.
"But it turned out to be
absolutely brutal. The string of birdies on the front nine helped
separate me from the rest of the field and it was just a question of
hanging on on the back nine."
Fichardt has two European Tour titles to his name -- the 2001 Sao Paulo Brazil Open and the 2003 Qatar Masters.
He believes his experience could be helpful in Sunday's final round.
has been quite a few years since I won on The European Tour, but I've
won a couple of titles in South Africa in the last couple of seasons. I
know what it takes to get the job done and it's all good experience," he
Darren Fichardt, South Africa 68-69-69—206
Simon Wakefield, England 67-72-72—211
Wil Besseling, Netherlands 71-69-73—213
Gary Lockerbie, England 69-75-69—213
Mark Tullo, Chile 78-68-67—213
Pelle Edberg, Sweden 70-72-72—214
Adam Gee, England 67-72-75—214
Alastair Forsyth, Scotland 69-72-74—215
James Heath, England 71-70-74—215
Mikael Lundberg, Sweden 73-74-68—215
Andrea Perrino, Italy 73-68-74—215
Simon Thornton, Ireland 71-69-75—215
Daniel Brooks, England 76-69-71—216
Guillaume Cambis, France 75-71-70—216
Magnus Carlsson, Sweden 73-72-71—216
Charlie Ford, England 74-69-73—216
Andreas Harto, Denmark 72-74-70—216
David Howell, England 73-70-73—216
Thomas Norret, Denmark 70-73-73—216